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Ariana Grande's 'Positions' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Ariana Grande
Alfredo Flores

Ariana Grande

Plus: The Kid Laroi’s 'F*ck Love' hits new high, the late King Von gets first top 10, NAV’s 'Emergency Tsunami' debuts at No. 6.

Ariana Grande’s Positions spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set earned 83,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 12 (down 53%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It bowed atop the list a week ago with 174,000 units earned.

It’s Grande’s second chart-topping album to spend two weeks at No. 1, following Thank U, Next, which spent a total of two weeks in the lead (its debut week, and second week – Feb. 23 and March 2, 2019). Positions is Grande’s fifth No. 1 album overall.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Nov. 21-dated chart (where Positions holds at to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on Nov. 17. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Positions’ 83,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Nov. 12, SEA units comprise 73,000 (down 43%, equaling 99.5 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), 8,000 comprise album sales (down 81%) and 1,000 comprise TEA units (down 61%).

Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon rises 3-2 with 57,000 equivalent album units earned (down 5%). With Positions and Shoot for the Stars both released via Republic Records, the company holds the top two for the eighth time in the last three months. (Shoot for the Stars was released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records.)

The Kid Laroi hits a new high on the Billboard 200, as his F*ck Love album surges to a new peak of No. 3 (up from No. 81 a week ago), following the set’s deluxe reissue on Nov. 6 with seven bonus tracks (including tunes featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Marshmello and Machine Gun Kelly). For tracking and charting purposes, all versions of the album are combined, and the set earned 52,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 12 (up 458%) -- a new one-week high for the artist and the album. The original 15-track album was released on July 24 and debuted at No. 8 on the Aug. 8-dated chart with 40,000 units. Both the No. 8 debut and the 40,000 units represented high-water marks for the artist until this week.

Luke Combs’ former No. 1 What You See Is What You Get is a non-mover at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200, with 46,000 equivalent album units earned (down 12%).

King Von’s Welcome to O’Block surges into the top 10, rising 13-5 in its second chart week, following the rapper’s death on Nov. 6 (the first day of the latest chart’s tracking week). The set earned 43,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 12 (up 69%). The album bowed on the chart a week ago with 26,000 units. Welcome to O’Block is the first top 10 for the late artist (born Dayvon Daquan Bennett), who died at 26 after being shot in an Atlanta nightclub.

NAV tallies his fourth top 10 album, as his mixtape Emergency Tsunami storms in at No. 6 with 42,000 equivalent album units earned. He previously visited the region with Good Intentions (No. 1 this May 23), Bad Habits (No. 1; April 6, 2019) and Reckless (No. 8; June 2, 2018). Of Emergency Tsunami’s starting sum, 35,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 46.4 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 7,000 comprise album sales and a negligible figure comprises TEA units.

Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die falls one rung to No. 7 (39,000 equivalent album units; down 1%), Lil Baby’s My Turn is steady at No. 8 (33,000; down 5%), the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical rises a spot to No. 9 (31,000; up 5%) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore jumps 27-10 (29,000; up 52%) thanks to a surge in vinyl album sales from Swift's official webstore. The set sold 14,000 copies across all formats for the week (up 309%), with vinyl albums comprising 9,000 of that sum. The vinyl edition of the album has been available to order since Folklore was released on July 24, but its manufacturing and shipment was delayed. (Sales of physical albums only count once they are fulfilled to the customer.)

UPDATE, Nov. 16: After this story was published on Nov. 15, Nielsen Music/MRC Data updated unit figures for Positions and Welcome to O’Block, and those units have now been updated in this story. Their positions did not change.